In this short video, Michael gives some tips on how to get the most out of your time, energy, and focus.
What’s Important About Time, Energy, And Focus?
Your time, energy, and focus are not limitless. All of them will run out at some stage, so it makes sense to use them wisely to get the most from these limited resources. When it comes to getting results, maximising how you use your time, energy, and focus is the most important thing you can do.
Some Tips To Use Your Time, Energy, And Focus Wisely
- To start, keep it simple, and start slowly. Before you can decide anything, you need to know where you are trying to reach. What is your direction and goal? See: End goals, milestones and focus areas.
- Secondly, prioritise what needs doing. If you spread yourself too thinly, trying to achieve everything, you are likely to end up achieving nothing. Michael recommends using The Rule Of Three. What three things do you want to have achieved at the end of 12 months? What three at the end of one month? One week? One day? Start each day by setting out the three things you want to achieve in that day, and focus on them.
- You can’t increase the time you have available, so you need to improve your energy to make sure you can get as much done in the time available. This means you should set aside time to take care of yourself – exercise, eat properly, relax, take breaks, and so on. Power Naps make a significant positive difference to some people.
- Affirmations keep you motivated and on track by reminding you what’s important. It is worth spending some time making them really powerful.
- Set some milestones to measure your progress and break your challenges into manageable chunks. What are the key skills you need to reach the next milestone? It’s worth spending some time learning those skills.
- Time Boxing – block out time to do the things that have to be done. This includes blocking out time for rest and relaxation. When are you at your most energetic? Block out that time of day to do things that you tend to procrastinate over and/or are the most important things to do. Similarly there are times during the day when we’re tired and might make very bad decisions. Learn when they are, and use them for relaxing or creative work.
- If there is something that you want to do, but it doesn’t warrant a great deal of time (clearing out email inboxes is a common task!) then allocate a short period and whatever you get done then, that’s good enough.
- Use check lists to keep on track and leave your head clear. Design your physical environment to support you.
- Keep some time for feedback and feedforward, so you find out if what you are doing is worth the effort.
- Develop some habits and routines so you don’t need to reinvent the wheel everytime.
- Ask the right questions – read this page on daily questions to see what Michael means by this. Keep a log of useful questions.
Where To Start?
Those might seem like a lot of tips to get your head round. But, remember the part about making things a habit. Eventually, you will do them all easily and naturally. To start with, ask daily questions and create some powerful affirmations. Get these embedded and you’ll start performing better.
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